What is the Disciples of Jesus and Mary Program?
The Disciples of Jesus and Mary are called to live in holiness and truth. The program offers how to discover your plan of life: the plan of life found in the Heart of the Father, who He created you to be. In our relationship with the Lord we come to know Him intimately. We learn how to listen to Him, to the way He speaks to each of us.
Through the experiences in our life we see God’s hand forming us. He’s always with us; therefore the lessons are given through all the experiences of our life. The plan of life process helps us to recognize the way the Lord has been forming us throughout our entire life. We each have different gifts and special graces to help us to fulfill the plan of life given to us by the Lord. He knows what we need.
After our initial formation, we continue our formation as we live out our discipleship in our respective parishes.
The Beginning Formation Program consists of three parts:
Prayer, Discernment and Discipleship
Prayer in Your Life (approximately 6 months)
Discover your plan of life and how to live it.
Discernment in Your Life (approximately 6 months)
Discernment guides you with the tools to recognize God's will and shows you how to fulfill it.
Discipleship Your Way of Life (approximately 1 year)
Discipleship guides you on a lifelong journey. This journey consists of following Jesus, together with Mary, and leads to union with the Blessed Trinity.
Disciples of Jesus and Mary serve the needs of their local parishes under the direction and obedience of their local pastors.
Going back through the formation again, we enter more deeply into the teachings and discovering one’s plan of life.
We study the teachings of the Church and follow specific directives to continue our lives as disciples. We share the gift of this formation by guiding others who are interested in the formation.
Frequently Asked Questions
DJM means Disciples of Jesus and Mary.
The purpose of DJM is to offer all people an on-going training program. This program enables all to grow spiritually and to work effectively in the world. It draws material from the Gospels, the teachings of the Church, and spiritual authors.
The DJM program consists of two phases. The first is "beginning formation", and the second is "on-going formation".
DJM's beginning formation consists of three parts: prayer, discernment and discipleship. In "prayer", you discover your plan of life and how to live it. "Discernment" guides you with the tools to recognize God's will and shows you how to fulfill it. "Discipleship" guides you on a lifelong journey. This journey consists of following Jesus, together with Mary, and leads to union with the Blessed Trinity.
DJM's on-going formation consists of disciples sent on specific missions. They serve the needs of their local parishes, under the directives of their local pastors. They study the teachings of the Church and follow specific directives to continue their lives as disciples.